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October 11, 2006

Charlotte's Web posters, cg spider, & cinefex 108

Lots of 'em... but where's Charlotte's close up? after all Special spider is key to weaving 'Charlotte's Web' and "They succeeded, says director Gary Winick, by paying special attention to "the eyes. They had to have a quality to them that would be expressive." So let's see those eyes! hmm... I have seen some of the final cross-over shots between RSP and Tippett with the CG spider in them... and well, ummm, ya... :/ From a far it seems to hold up, but come December we will find out how she looks for her close up.
Also look for Charlotte's Web VFX coverage in Cinefex #108 and most likely the cover:
For the film adaptation of E.B. White's beloved children's book -- about a spider who attempts to save a barnyard pig, the favorite of a young girl, by weaving messages into her web — director Gary Winick and visual effects supervisor John Berton assembled an all-star effects team comprised of Tippett Studio, Rising Sun Pictures, Rhythm & Hues and Stan Winston Studio.

Posted by dschnee at 7:21 AM

October 4, 2006

Four caught in web for 'Spiderwick'

Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Martin Short and Joan Plowright are in negotiations to join the cast of Paramount's big-budget adaptation of "The Spiderwick Chronicles," being directed by Mack Waters.

Izabella Miko and Andrew McCarthy also have boarded the production, which is being made by Nickelodeon Movies, Atmosphere Entertainment MM and the Gotham Group, and is mixing live action with visual effects. (Tippett Studio,ILM)

"Spiderwick" is based on the best-selling books by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi and centers on twin brothers Jared and Simon who, along with their sister Mallory uncover a world of fairies and other creatures. Freddy Highmore(Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) already has been cast as the twins, and Sarah Bolger will play the sister.

Parker would play the kids' mother, worn out by her recent separation from her husband (McCarthy).

Nolte and Short will lend their voices for a couple of otherworldly characters: Mulgrath, a shape-shifting evil lord trying to get his hands on the kids, and Thimbletack/Bogart, a small being that can either protect a household or mischievously throw it in disarray, respectively.

Plowright will play the kids' aunt who is deemed crazy because she can see the creatures and is put into an asylum.

Miko will be the leader of the elves.

Production is under way in Montreal. Mark Canton, Albie Hecht, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Kathleen Kennedy are producing.

WMA-repped Parker stars on Showtime's "Weeds," for which she won a Golden Globe.

CAA-repped Nolte will next be seen in "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," while Short, repped by Gersh, will next appear in "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause."

Plowright, repped by Paradigm, is best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in "Enchanted April."

Miko ("Coyote Ugly") and McCarthy, last seen on TV's "E-Ring," are repped by Innovative.
---scoopedUpFrom hollywoodreporter.com

Posted by dschnee at 10:28 AM